Trolls, childish people (not necessarily children), and other ankle-biting annoyances are easily ignored or filtered. The reasons I don't participate often or fully at EP is that they act as though they're the Apple Computer of social networking, and that the constant stream of changes gradually making the place impossible to use in any serious way is by definition an improvement because they made it, and that the improvements NOT ever made are also axiomatic. After all, if it would *really* have improved anything, they'd have done it. Requirements? User stories? Use cases? Bah. We're *APPLE*^H^H^H^H^HThe Experience Project! We don't even write the functional spec until someone thinks they've found a bug. Saves us a ton of QA work.
IMHO it's not fair to blame "kids" for the misfire this is turning into. It's great to be able to interact with young people who can actually make use of written language. Not being able to easily search for experiences grouped by general topic or even keyword. Having to click through the same questions half a dozen times to find a handful of new ones. All that failure to include customer input because the real goal isn't the world's best and most wonderful social site, it's to get the most "active" accounts and ad clicks to setup for that IPO... That's just my opinion, of course. But I'd like to ask you to check in now and then because the *potential* is still here, and if them that run this place ever realign their priorities towards *US* and away from metrics to show vulture capitalists the possibilities are breathtaking.
I was *this* *close* to signing up as a paying member when the design started to go to H E double L, so they *could* user-fund it if the users were important.
Re the "kids".... some are good, seeking advice, improving their understanding, making a worthwhile contribution etc.... but as with all groups... it is the few that far outweigh the majority, simply because of the amount of noise they make. Apart from that, EP is making things more difficult and I increasingly wonder if they test us for their own purposes and do make money out of it. I have seriously reduced my contribution and feel sad about it.... I like the way we can connect on here. Now even the accolades mean nothing.... I recently discovered that I had a trophy for 1000 best answers, making me an "oracle".......... okay, it's just a bit of fun, I didn't take it too seriously but it does show the number of contributions that I have made... yet it counts for nothing. I only come back on now and again as I have many contacts on here whom I consider to be good in my life. mx:))